15 Dec 2012

First ever (successful) cake pops!

Many hours have I spent attempting to make the so easy looking cake pops. Every time I failed. Simple as that. Mainly due to issues with the very frustrating and fiddly candy melts that won't melt thin enough, or the cake spewing over the top of the cake pop tin (through a hole in the lid).

I managed to solve my usual problems by adding sunflower oil to thin the chocolate. This thins it very well, but for those weirded out by this, it does not affect the taste! I also piped the cake batter into the tins to get the exact amount of cake batter.

I thought those of you might like to know that I also made a fondant rose and mini apple pies today, which were very tasty. The rose is actually for the christmas cake I am helping to decorate. Not very christmasy but très elegante. Plus, I wanted to use my new "ball tool" (If anyone knows of a technical name for this, I would love to know what it is). Unfortunately I do not have the photos for you to see because I didn't think of taking any at the time.

At the moment I am currently knitting a small "angel cake"(-yes, a bit odd for a teen but I enjoy being crafts and being able to make so many things out of a ball of wool). I bought a book from a craft store with instructions on how to knit 20 different cakes, which is right up my street. I will hopefully post a picture when it is finished, seeing as I am about half way.

I just want to say a big thank you to all my readers, as today is the one year anniversary of this blog. You have made this website what it is today!

It is not an amazing picture or cake pop, but as promised, the cake pop photo:

The cupcake faerie
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This link is not the recipe I used. I improvised and made a plain vanilla cake batter, and baked it in a cake pop tray and then melted some chocolate for the coating. I don't like to crumble up cake to mix with frosting because it makes the cake too sweet. And who would crumble up an innocent little cake?




7 Dec 2012

Winter's cosiest cupcakes

With frost dusting the pavements, the street lamps and cementing the car doors shut, winter is finally here. Scarves, hats, gloves and red noses, and for me the freezing cold ears that seem to be the first to feel the chill in the air, are not uncommon. For me, there is nothing better than getting into the warmth  of the house, putting my feet up, turning on the tv and tucking into a hot drink and a cupcake (unfortunately not a warm one, of course, otherwise it will melt faster than a snowman in a heatwave). The cosiest cupcake flavours for winter weather are as follows:

1. Earl grey tea
2. Hot chocolate
3. Gingerbread
4. Blueberry
5. Honey
6. Pumpkin spice
7. S'mores

The cupcake faerie
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Earl grey

Blueberry


Gingerbread

Honey


Pumpkin spice
Hot chocolate

S'mores

16 Nov 2012

The best christmas gifts for the cupcake lover


With christmas getting closer by the minute, now is the time to start shopping for presents before the holiday shopping rush starts. For those out there who love everything cupcake, I have designed a cute cake stand gift set. Most of the products are easy to find, but if you want a few quick links I have at the bottom of the post. You can use the cake stand for:
  • A table ornament
  • A christmas present for cupcake lovers
  • Separate gift ideas (only use a few of the ideas in the picture)
Click on picture to enlarge



The cupcake faerie
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Momiji dolls: https://lovemomiji.com/shop/

Crochet cupcake pots: http://www.giselagraham.co.uk/

Cupcake bath bomb:  http://www.amazon.com/Fizzy-Baker-Cherry-Cupcake-Bath/dp/B00188X5WI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1353095548&sr=8-3&keywords=bath+bomb+cupcake

Cupcake soap: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveLeeSoaps

3D Cupcake notepad:  http://www.amazon.com/Kikkerland-ST11CA-Cupcake-Memo-Pad/dp/B004TTSYK6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353095892&sr=8-1&keywords=cupcake+notepad

Cupcake washcloth: http://www.amazon.com/Strawberry-Cupcake-Towel-Treat-Washcloth/dp/B005MM6C0I/ref=sr_1_cc_3?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1353095951&sr=1-3-catcorr&keywords=cupcake+washcloth

Cupcake pin cushion: http://www.bombayduck.com/index.php/gifts/shop-by-recipient/gifts-for-her/cherry-cupcake-pin-cushion.html

Cake stand: http://www.decorexi.co.uk/product_p/r-27260b.htm

Cupcake candle:  http://www.amazon.com/Vanilla-Chocolate-Scented-Bakery-Cupcake/dp/B006Y07Q34/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1353096824&sr=8-3&keywords=cupcake+candle



27 Oct 2012

A sweet (16) afternoon tea!

It was my 16th birthday the other day, and my mum surprised me by getting my cousin, aunt and gran round and by setting out a wonderful afternoon tea "spread". When I came in the living room looked wonderful, with a set of fancy cups and saucers, scones, jam and a teapot to be filled with "Betty's tea room blend" tea. I must admit it was very fun, especially with the one man comedy show that is my cousin ( who is also scarily like sheldon cooper from the big bang theory at times). All in all it was a great birthday, and thank you to everyone who made it so great!

Here are some pictures of the afternoon tea.

The cupcake faerie
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The cupcake faerie
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19 Oct 2012

My wall of inspiration

Over the past few months, I have been been collecting various postcards and leaflets to stick onto my bedroom wall. After putting up what must be at least 50 of them, i thought that I would show my readers the results:

And yes, that is a real four leaf clover. I have found what must be over 40 of them, and that is the only one I have managed to keep.

The cupcake faerie
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The Cake And Bake Show 2012

(Sorry that this post is a bit late, but at least i have managed to post it!)

Cake lovers across the United Kingdom gathered on the 22nd September at the start of the 2 day Cake And Bake Show. Finding out about the show by chance when browsing through delicious magazine, I managed to book tickets for the event. It was full of people trying to pick up tips, equipment and decorations to make the best cakes.

There were many features of the event, including classrooms, in which you can learn new techniques, star speakers, including Eric Lanlard, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, cupcake decorating stations, children's baking sessions, cake making competitions, not to mention the various stalls from which to buy the latest cake decorating products.

For those interested, I will be posting the pictures of my day out along with the picture of me WITH THE WINNER OF THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF! I didn't see the final and didn't want to find out the winner until I had seen it, but when i remembered that I had my photo taken with one of the finalists, i had to find out if he had won or not :)

I hope you like it, and take a look at some of my comments on the photos below!

The cupcake faerie
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Paul Hollywood


Eric Lanlard




Me and 3 Great British Bake Off contesetants



Me and my aunt with winner of Great British Bake Off plus two other contestants


Love the white ruffle cake!










Some of the beach cake competition entries!























Gorgeous wedding cake displays!









Me at the cupcake piping area



It started off as a pretty cupcake, but we decided to hord sweets and get as many as possible on the cupcake. The result was a cupcake that looked like a rose. It was actually really pretty.






Some of the mini cakes from the class i went to...






Eric Lanlard: